Bihar school director lynched after two students found dead

NALANDA/PATNA: The director of a private school, Devendra Prasad Singh school, died on Sunday evening after being thrashed by a mob following recovery of bodies of two students from a water body near Meerpur village in Nalanda district.

Prasad succumbed to his injuries during treatment at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda SP Sidharth Mohan Jain said, adding, “an autopsy will be carried out to ascertain exact cause of Singh’s death.”

The sources said the director of the private school was mercilessly beaten up by a mob who held him responsible for the death of two students. Some in the crowd beat up Singh with lathis while others kicked him as he lay on the ground with his face down.

The badly-injured school director was taken by a police team led by DSP (law and order) Sanjay Kumar to Sadar Hospital at Biharsharif where the attending doctors referred him to PMCH in Patna, the Nalanda SP said. He said strict action will be taken against the guilty persons.

Earlier on Sunday morning, the bodies of Ravi Kumar, 12, and Sagar Kumar, 10, were fished out from the water bodies near the village. Ravi, a resident of Patwara village under the Nalanda police station, was a student of Class IV. Sagar, a resident of Lahuar village under the Rajgir police station, was a student of Class II.

Villagers alleged the students were killed by the teachers in a fit of rage. They vandalized the school campus and set ablaze two rooms and two school vehicles. An LPG cylinder kept in the school kitchen also exploded, but nobody was injured.

The mob also targeted some policemen who had arrived there to probe the death of two students and pelted stones on the cops, injuring six including Nalanda police station in charge Sunil Kumar, the SP said.

On Sunday afternoon, the badly-injured school director had said four students had escaped from the school hostel on Saturday night. Two of them returned in the wee hours on Sunday while Ravi and Sagar were found dead around 9am on Sunday. Both had bloodstain marks on their faces.

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